Reservist

ISS2 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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Cover Photo I am writing to inquire if the uniform policy for the boonie hat now allows metal insignia. I am the member who put in the memo for the boonie hat to be an optional uniform item, which was approved by the board. I am very glad to see it being used on the cover of Reservist Magazine. However, the member, who is wearing metal insignia on his boonie hat, is in contradiction to COMDTINST M1020.6I 5.D.18. Does the Coast Guard now allow metal insignia in lieu of the sew-on type? Now that it appears on the cover of your magazine, I am certain that members will be placing metal insignia on their boonie hats. Lt. Timothy Kroll, USCG Pacific Area (PAC-37) Operations Forces Thanks for the note, LT. You are correct: the insignia on the boonie hat should be sewn on. We got many letters about the sunglasses and insignia being out of regs, as well as the fact that their uniforms are not as clean and polished as a reservist's uniform should be. So while I'm answering your letter, I'm really answering a lot of people's letters here. This is far from a perfect photo, and I knew that when I chose it for the front cover. Chief Petty Officer Bazzrea and his crew pulled a lot of long hours, working at a lot of units in a hot environment without power, running water, air conditioning or days off. While not an excuse for the condition of their uniforms, it did temper my evaluation of the photo. Their boots might not have been shined, and their uniforms were probably covered with sweat and dirt, but they completed their missions, day after day. In fact, they continually asked their command what more they could do to help the victims of the storms (as per the story on page 29 of Issue 1, 2018). This imperfect cover photo represents a lot of hardworking performers who took a moment to smile despite a backbreaking operational schedule. This isn't a recruiting photo, and RESERVIST magazine is not the uniform manual; it's a magazine about the Coast Guard reservists who serve their country. We try hard to represent the Coast Guard well, and we at the Reservist feel that the Coast Guard couldn't be represented better than by this chief and his crew. That being said, yes, sewn insigna, no mirrored lenses, etc. (And, by the way, thanks for adding such a great operational uniform item, LT! We've seen it in countless pictures.) Using terms Reserve, reserve, and reservist The use of the terms "reserve" and "reservist" seem to cause considerable confusion. "Reserve" (note upper case) refers to one of the seven Reserve components — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Air National Guard. A "reservist" (note lower case) is a person who is a member of one of those components. If you say, "Three reservists are drilling this weekend," you should expect to see three people show up. If you say, "Three Reserves are drilling this weekend," then you should anticipate hosting a rather large crowd, possibly, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. If you use the term, "the Coast Guard Reserve" or simply, "the Reserve," the word is being used as the name of an organization and should be capitalized as a proper noun. In uses such as, "both active duty and reserve personnel were present," the word is a common noun and need not be capitalized. With rare exception, "reservist" is almost always a common noun and would not be capitalized. Note: This article was reprinted and adapted from the original article from 1994 (and 2008) was written by Capt. Roger Pike who served as a Reserve Program Administrator before retiring in 1991; he and his wife reside in North Carolina. Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 3

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